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Well-planned vegan diets have the advantage of easily providing sufficient protein without resulting in excessive intakes which may be detrimental to health.3  

Excess protein consumption offers no obvious benefits, as the body cannot store surplus protein.1  

The ill-effects of excess protein are not yet fully understood but there is some indication that kidney function (particularly in older people and those with existing kidney problems) and bone density may be adversely affected by excessive protein intakes.1

Protein References

1. Thomas B. & Bishop J. (eds.) Manual of Dietetic Practice (Fourth edition) Oxford: Blackwell Publishing; 2007

 Tables - National Diet and Nutrition Survey: headline results from Year 1 (2008-09)

(accessed 12 August 2011)

 Walsh S. Plant Based Nutrition and Health St Leonards-on-sea: The Vegan Society; 2003

4. Davis B. and Melina V. Becoming Vegan Summertown, TN: Book Publishing Company; 2000

5. Department of Health Dietary Reference Values for Food Energy and Nutrients for the United Kingdom London: HMSO; 1991

6. Food Standards Agency McCance and Widdowson’s The Composition of Foods (Sixth edition) Cambridge: Royal Society of Chemistry; 2002

7. Young V. & Pellet P. Plant proteins in relation to human protein and amino acid nutrition. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1994; 59(5): 1203S-1212S

(accessed 12 August 2011)  

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